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NNOA rewards students

By Cpl. Joshua Bozeman | | May 17, 2001

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The National Naval Officers Association held its sixth annual Scholarship Ball Saturday in which they recognized local high school students for their hard work and dedication to excellence.

Seniors Mary McCavitt and Rebecca Holdorf were honored in the event, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

McCavitt, who attends Lee County High School, plans to pursue a major in early childhood development at Georgia Southwestern in Americus Ga. Her career goal is to become a teacher.

"I would just like to thank the National Naval Officers Association for awarding me the scholarship. I greatly appreciate it. I plan to further my education with it," said McCavitt.

Holdorf, a Deerfield-Windsor High School, is in the top 5 percent of her class and has maintained an A average her entire high school career. Upon graduation she plans to enroll in Florida State University in Tallahassee and major in communication with an emphasis on public relations. She also plans to obtain a degree in French and a minor in international business.

Ò"I plan to use this scholarship as a way to help me live out one of my dreams -- studying for a semester in France," said Holdorf.

The next deputy commander, Marine Forces Europe, Maj. Gen. Arnold Fields was the guest speaker, at the ball.

"So what is this all about tonight?" asked Fields. "It's about mentoring those around us and helping to raise them in the image of those who are dressed in these wonderful uniforms and civilian attire.

"I am privileged to be where I am," the general continued. "From the cotton fields of Early Branch, South Carolina, because others allowed me to stand on their shoulders and they raised me up, and they still do.

The NNOA includes active duty members of the sea services, reserve and retired officers, academies, midshipmen and cadets, and interested civilians.

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